It is never too early to instill a love of reading in your children. Our teachers take the time to read to your little one. Reading even in early infancy can boost vocabulary and has lasting effect on language, literacy, and early reading skills. ¹
For our youngest readers 3 months to 7 months
We expose them to the concept of a book. The books that are popular amongst these children are soft books, crinkle books, and bath time books.
The children like to hold the soft books and explore the textures. As little ones teeth, the bath books are fun, they will chew on them, and they usually have little squeakers in them. It is fun to see them learn that they can make it squeak if they push it just right. As they get older and they learn to manipulate the pages themselves. The crinkle books are wildly popular. The bright colors and funky shapes engage the little ones and they begin to learn some cause and effect.
For Circle Time
After an engaging play time and to transition to quieter play time as some children sleep we break out these books.
Our favorites are Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?, The Very Busy Spider, and The Hungry Caterpillar. Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham, The Pout-Pout Fish, Little Blue Truck, We’re Different We’re the Same, and The Gingerbread Man.
The children respond well to rhyming words, colorful illustrations, and repeated phrases.
For Nap Time
Some children respond well to the same books they may hear for bedtime. Some favorites we have are Good Night California and Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site to send them off to a mid-day slumber.
For Older Children 20 months+
There are some children that have learned the words “again” or “more”, where one story is just not enough and may be too impatient to wait for you to find another book. These books keep them engaged and allows you to read continuously for a longer period of time. Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches and Other Stories and The Big Green Book of Beginner Books.
There are so many books out there for the next generation to enjoy. These just happen to be some of the favorites of the children that have passed through Collab&Play.
- American Academy of Pediatrics. “Reading with children starting in infancy gives lasting literacy boost: Shared book-reading that begins soon after birth may translate into higher language and vocabulary skills before elementary school.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 May 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504083146.htm>
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